Late-starting semester classes offer something for everyone

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

There are four, one-credit short courses in March at the Kenai River Campus.

Beginning fly fishing — begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 133 today. The class will meet each Wednesday through April 26. Course instructor Dave Atcheson is the author of “Fishing Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” and a regular contributor to Alaska Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fishing Quarterly and Fish Alaska. He is the coordinator of the Kenai Fishing Academy, serves as the night coordinator during the academic year and also manages the Showcase series.

Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction — will meet from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Room 110.

The course will be taught by Jo-Ann Mapson, an assistant professor of creative writing and literary arts at University of Alaska Anchorage and the author of eight books. According to Mapson’s Web site, she has published freelance articles, national book reviews and been included in anthologies. “Blue Rodeo” was made into a television movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Ann-Margret. Her novels “Hank and Chloe,” “The Wilder Sisters” and “Bad Girl Creek” were national bestsellers. Mapson is at work on a new novel and authors a monthly column on the “writing life” for Art Matters.

Global Climate Change —will be Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:45 March 28 through April 25 in room 109.

The class will be taught by KPC adjunct faculty and area expert Ed Berg, an ecologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

According to a June 25, 2002, article in the New York Times, Berg “has a pair of doctorates, one in philosophy and another in botany, but for the last decade has been a forensic detective in the forest, trying to solve a large murder mystery. The evidence surrounds him at home on the Kenai Peninsula: nearly four million acres of white spruce trees, dead or dying from an infestation of spruce bark beetles, the largest kill by insects of any forest in North America.”

In this course, Berg will examine the earth’s climate and how it is changing, as well as how it is predicted to change in coming decades. Potential environmental and economic consequences of global climate change for each continent will be reviewed, as well as proposed remedial actions, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Positive Psychology —will be offered over two weeks; from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 24 and April 7, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 and April 8 The class will meet in Room 109.

This one-credit class examines empirical evidence supporting topics such as human strengths, positive mental states, factors in resiliency and fostering of happiness and personal success, as well as new movement to understand the more pleasant side of human nature.

Positive Psychology will be taught by adjunct faculty member Jacqueline Bock. Bock serves as a team member on the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic Team coordinated by Frontier Community Services in Soldotna. Bock also serves as an allied health professional through Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Students can register for these classes and all short courses from the KPC Web site by clicking on UA ONLINE from the home page at

In the past it was not possible to register for short courses after the traditional registration period at the beginning of each semester. This change makes it possible for students to register for the class online up until the first day the class meets.

Students also can pay tuition and fees by credit card online. For more information on the registration process, call Student Services at 262-0330 or e-mail at

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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